ancient Roman goddess of wisdom (later identified with Gk. Athene), late 14c., mynerfe, from L. Minerva, from O.L. Menerva, from *menes-wa, from PIE base *men- "mind, understanding, reason" (see mind
(n.)). Cf. Skt. Manasvini, name of the mother of the Moon, manasvin "full of mind or sense."